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Pokemon Crystal announced for the 3DS Virtual Console, out on January 26

Posted on December 14, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News

Pokemon Crystal is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console, Nintendo has announced. It will become available on January 26 for $9.99.

Pokemon Crystal will be compatible with Pokemon Bank on launch day. You can trade and battle others, including Pokemon from Red, Blue, and Yellow with the Time Capsule feature. Nintendo also notes that Celebi can be encountered in an event after completing the game.

View today’s full announcement below, along with a trailer.

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $9.99.

On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select Pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.

As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Fans also have the option to play Pokémon Crystal on a New Nintendo 2DS XL system that resembles an iconic Poké Ball. The Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. (The Pokémon Crystal game and Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system are sold separately.)

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  • MagcargoMan

    That’s cool how they’re letting players get Celebi. Did they do the same for Mew with the Red, Blue and Yellow rereleases?

    • Andrew

      No, but one can still utilize a glitch present in the original games to get Mew.

      • MagcargoMan

        Oh, well that’s good, I guess.

    • Oodellaly

      They did not. Japan and the UK had Gen 1 VC Mew distributions, but that’s it.

  • Tlink7

    Yessss, though not very surprising considering how well Gold and Silver are selling

  • Reggie

    Well now I’m kinda miffed that they didn’t do this sooner.

    • Carlos

      Its so they could sell more versions of Gold and Silver. Most people would just get Crystal if they all came out together.

      • Reggie

        That still didn’t stop them from releasing Yellow with Red and Blue.

        • Carlos

          In Yellow you have to start off with Pikachu though, and the story is more in line with the anime. Crystal is basically the same as Gold and Silver with a Suicune sub-story.

          • Reggie

            That doesn’t make much of a difference. Yellow is generally considered the better one of Red and Blue, and they still released it alongside the others.

            No, I don’t believe for a second that they purposely withheld Crystal to drum up sales. It was more likely to do with the Pokemon Mobile System becoming an issue.

        • Or they wanted to include Yellow for the 20th anniversary, but realized they liked money more than nostalgia, and delayed Crystal from G/S.